Saturday, May 5, 2012

Shake a leg!

Thanks for comin' back. This knitting with friends makes the work go faster. We'll have the second sock done in no time.



Today we're going to knit the leg of our Corduroy Roads Sock. We're finished the ribbing and we have 64 stitches on the needles for the large sock OR 56 on the needles for the small sock.

After the cuffs, we've switched back to our 3mm  (US 2 1/2) Brittany Birch double points to knit the leg which we'll knit completely in stockinette. Just knit every stitch with the main colour yarn. You can break the contrasting yarn, leaving 10 inches or so to weave in. We need to reduce the number of stitches we have on the needles so for either size reduce 1 stitch somewhere in the next round by knitting 2 stitches together. (63 stitches for the large size OR 55 stitches for the small size)

Continue to knit until the work measure 3 1/2 inches (large size) or 3 inches (small size) from the cast-on and reduce another stitch somewhere in the next round by knitting 2 stitches together. (62 stitches for the large size OR 54 stitches for the small size)

For the small size, just continue knitting until the work measures 7 inches from the cast-on and wait for those of us knitting the large size to catch up. We'll turn the heel together.

For the large size, continue to knit until the work measures 4 1/2 inches and reduce another stitch somewhere in the next round by knitting 2 stitches together. (61 stitches)

Again, for the large size only, continue to knit until the work measures 5 1/2 inches and reduce another stitch somewhere in the next round by knitting 2 stitches together. (60 stitches)

Continue knitting the leg of the large size until it measure 7 1/2 inches from the cast-on. We have tried to ensure that one ball of yarn will be enough for one sock. We had some yarn left-over when we made our first sock. Not much. However, if you want to risk another 1/2 inch of leg length, we think you might just get away with it. If, however, your foot length is longer than the 10 inch long foot we're aiming to fit, you might just want to stick with the 7 1/2 inch long leg. If you're prepared to buy a third ball of Paton's Kroy Socks FX yarn, you can make the leg as long as you like. We, on the other hand are too frugal for that.

So here we are, ready to turn the heel. The large size sock has 60 stitches on the needles and we've got 7 1/2 inches of leg and cuff knitted. The small size sock has 54 stitches on the needles and 7 inches of leg/cuff.

Come back Monday and we'll begin the heel flap.

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